Update: July 9th, 9:45AM EST — Juve still waiting on offer from Bayern
Juventus are aware of negotiations between Matthijs de Ligt agents and Bayern on personal terms - but Juve are still waiting to receive opening, official bid from Bayern and Chelsea. #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 9, 2022
Negotiations for de Ligt deal will continue next week. pic.twitter.com/RdOQ6vEc6y
It seems like everything is arranged between Bayern Munich and De Ligt, but the remaining part of the puzzle will be the round(s) of negotiations that will occur between the two clubs.
Update: July 8th, 3:10PM EST — De Ligt is about to get paid
According to a report from Sky journalists Florian Plettenberg and Marc Behrenbeck (as captured by @iMiaSanMia in the tweet below), Bayern Munich is going to pay Matthijs de Ligt a salary in the range of €17 million to €19 million:
Matthijs de Ligt will be one of Bayern's top earners should he join the club. The Dutchman is set to earn €17-19m gross per year in Munich. His current salary at Juventus is €9-10m net [@Plettigoal, @Sky_Marc]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 8, 2022
In addition, Juventus is supposedly interested in Benjamin Pavard, but the Frenchman does not appear to have any willingness to move to Italy at this stage. Rumors that Serge Gnabry might be a swap option appear to be unfounded as well.
As of now, it looks like a straight cash deal.
Update: July 8th, 2:20PM EST — The range of fees here is crazy
Twitter account @iMiaSanMia captured a report from Sky stating the respective ranges that are involved in the Matthijs de Ligt sweepstakes.
Juventus wants €80 million to €120 million for the defender, while Chelsea is willing to spend €70 million to €90 million. For its part, Bayern Munich willing to pay between €55 million and €80 million, but the two parties could agree on a deal for De Ligt at a figure of €70 million as the center-back wants a move to Germany:
The 'poker' for de Ligt:— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 8, 2022
• Juventus: demands €80-120m
• Chelsea: willing to pay €70-90m, but no negotiations with Juve atm because de Ligt wants Bayern
• Bayern: willing to pay between €55m and €80m, but agreement likely expected at €70m
[@Sky_Marc, @Plettigoal] pic.twitter.com/5K1jV6VZGE
Update: July 8th, 12:20PM EST — Personal terms are complete…now about that transfer fee
According to Sky journalist Florian Plettenberg, Bayern Munich and Matthijs de Ligt have agreed on a contract that will run through the 2026/27 season. In addition, Bayern Munich is preparing to submit a formal offer to Juventus in hopes of getting a deal done. Stay tuned:
News de Ligt: There is talk about a possible contract until 2027. The big plus is the verbal agreement with him in principle & Juve has to sell players. It is said that the player "loves FC Bayern", he wants to play there. Salihamidzic is preparing the 1st offer. @SkySportDE— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 8, 2022
Update: July 8th, 9:30AM EST — Bayern or bust?
Sport Bild’s Christian Falk chimed back in with a little more information, which indicates that Matthijs de Ligt and his agent plan to inform Juventus that they only want to negotiate with Bayern Munich...at least for now:
TRUE✅ Matthijs de Ligt and his Agent Rafaela Pimenta (the successor of Mino Raiola) want to inform @juventusfc at the Weekend that they want only negotiations with @FCBayern for the Moment @ChelseaFC @ManUtd— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) July 8, 2022
According to Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk, Manchester United could be in the mix, but is still no better than second in the race behind Bayern Munich:
TRUE✅ Also @ManUtd is interested in Matthijs de Ligt (22) and contacted his management. The agents let United know that at the moment they just talk with Bayern. De Ligt wants to see if Munich find an agreement with @juventusfc— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) July 7, 2022
What makes this especially interesting is that Manchester United was the
dopey skeptical club that once spurned a chance to ink De Ligt because they thought his dad was too heavy — and they were worried that young Matthijs could potentially carry too much weight.
(Editor’s Note: What an absurd premise!)
With the Dutchman having proved to the world that he can stay fit and in shape during his tenure at Juventus, those
idiotic doubts that once existed have likely been washed away.
Whatever the case with Manchester United, Bayern Munich is still the front runner to sign De Ligt if it can work out a transfer fee with Juventus.